According to the World Federation of the Deaf, there are approximately 72 million deaf people worldwide. Collectively, they use more than 300 different sign languages.
American Sign Language (commonly referred to as ASL) is a visual language used by approximately 250,000-500,000 Americans of all ages.
In recognition of the many ways that people communicate via sign language, the United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed September 23 as the International Day of Sign Languages, to raise awareness of the importance of sign language being a key element of the human rights of people who are deaf or nonverbal.
The International Day of Sign Languages supports and protects the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of the deaf community and all sign language users.
Here at Flatrock, we work with several care home residents who are deaf, and others who are nonverbal. For these residents, sign language is a key part of how they communicate. We are dedicated to accommodating our residents in all areas, including communications, and make sure our staff is properly trained in how to properly communicate with anyone who does not use traditional verbal communication methods.
As with all our residents, our Flatrock team views these deaf and nonverbal individuals as family, and we remain committed to keeping the lines of communication open on their terms.
To learn more about the International Day of Sign Languages, please visit: https://www.un.org/en/observances/sign-languages-day.
To learn more about American Sign Language, please visit: